Last year, I made a table runner designed with showcasing thoughts of gratitude and thankfulness that I shared over at Whatever Dee-Dee Wants. I never did post it here, and I decided I’d finally bring that post “home” today. It also worked out nicely, as I was asked to participate in Jo-Ann’s Celebrate the Season campaign for Thanksgiving with a theme of #TurkeyTableScapes. All of my supplies for the runner came from Jo-Ann, as pretty much most of my supplies for any project come from there. I love that place! To make the runner a bit more of a complete decoration this year, I added a glass hurricane jar to hold the fabric markers and to reinforce the Thankful theme. All of the supplies to make the runner, the jar, fill the jar, and decorate the runner can all be found at Jo-Ann Stores.
You can also find all kinds of other holiday-themed ideas on the Jo-Ann site HERE. So much great inspiration and all of it with supplies you can find at your local store.
I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I’m in full support of giving it the recognition it deserves. I really love the idea of a holiday completely focused on gratitude and acknowledging all the good the past year has brought into your life. For me, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. Also, turkey. But mostly, giving thanks.
It’s just a super simple, basic table runner with empty “windows” of fabric that run its length.
My plan is to have my kids fill in those windows over the years. I’ve encouraged them to come up with things they’re grateful for, and use fabric markers to illustrate and document those blessings in their lives.
My runner was made using fabric from Jo-Ann, with eight “windows”, which consist of a 7” square of muslin framed by 2” strips of sashing.
Then I sewed the windows together with .5” strips of another fabric in between
And then added a 4” border of the same fabric along the sides and end
And then finished everything off with some simple binding and free-form machine quilting. For extra practicality, I used insulated batting (like you would for hot pads and oven mitts), so that we can put hot dishes directly on the runner, if needed.
Then I picked up some markers and crayons from Jo-Ann Stores for my kids to use, directing them to color in the windows
I wanted a prettier display for the markers this year. I used a glass hurricane jar and stamped it with StazOn ink and foam stamps from the paper crafts aisle. Then I filled the jar with glass pebbles from the floral department.
The markers go in the jar, which rests on the runner, ready for grateful thoughts to be recorded.
So far, the kids have loved it and it’s been a fun project.
Don’t forget to check out all the amazing and inspiring holiday craft and DIY ideas from Jo-Ann Stores HERE.
Have fun shopping and creating!
I was given a Jo-Ann Stores gift card in exchange for my project and post. Thanks Jo-Ann!!